After I uploaded my RFQ (request for quote) to Alibaba I went to bed and woke up to 10 companies in China asking for more information and giving me quotes.
I email 11 British companies and 24 hours later one couldn’t ready my dwg files (the standard file type), and after receiving my pdf say ‘this isn’t a job for us’.
Another replied that ‘Tooling is going to astronomical.’ but quickly followed by ‘Were going to decline to quote, sorry’ after I email them back saying that I realise that.
The other nine companies are presumably so swamped by business the person who checks the email is out hammering panels :p
I haven’t given up on making them locally just yet, but the enthusiasm of the Chinese companies is quite a big contrast to the UK…
Incidentally if you know somewhere that can make the panels please get in touch.